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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Emergency Preparedness … Part 1

Filed Under: Zannee’s Tips, Consumer,

By Suzanne O'Connor

Staying prepared for am emergency is an ongoing issue. It’s not just getting a bunch of necessary survival items together and storing them in a safe place and forgetting about it. Kits need to be put together, changed and updated according to your changing life.

You also need to check batteries, food expiration dates, cwater freshness and so on, on a regular basis.

According to the US government, this is what you need for a Basic Survival Kit:

-Water! One gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation.
-Food, at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
-Flashlight and lots of extra batteries
-First aid kit
-Whistle to signal for help
-Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
-Manual can opener for food
-Local maps
-Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Your needs may be more than the basics if you have prescription or medical issues, pets, children. You should also consider the following items:

-Prescription medications and glasses
-Infant formula and diapers
-Pet food and extra water for your pet
-Cash or traveler’s checks and change
-Important documents: copies of insurance policies, identification bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
-Emergency reference material: a first aid book. 
-Sleeping bag or bedding for each person.
-Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. -Additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
-Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper –
  When diluted, nine parts water to -one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. -Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
-Fire extinguisher
-Matches in a waterproof container
-Personal hygiene items
-Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
-Paper and pencils
-Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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